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Google Theatre: The Sequel

Google should be commended for engaging in a debate and demonstrating how the private sector can incorporate human rights language into its business model…However, we are still not convinced the business case for human rights has benefited from Google’s withdrawal from China...Foreign firms continuously neglect the significance of realities facing business in China including…weak rule of law…Google would have done more for the human rights movement…if they had stated, “We are leaving because we cannot depend on the courts or police to protect our product”. Such a statement would have a profound effect on the psychology of industry that continues to believe it can operate sustainably in economies with weak legal systems...Only when MNCs begin to publicly and regularly acknowledge the impact of dysfunctional law on profit, will the business case for human rights become crystal clear.

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